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PARENT VOICE

The Alliance works with multiple parent groups, including the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC), the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) and the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP).  We also honor all of the work that our members do to partner with parents at the state and community level. The Alliance’s parent organizations generate and create, both individually and collaboratively, many resources that share their parent voice. It is our hope that the resources you find here will help you share and celebrate Parent Voice!

 

KEEPING FAMILIES STRONG DURING COVID-19

Because of the Coronavirus, we are facing a national public health emergency. We must take immediate action to protect the health and well-being of all children, their parents and communities. The Alliance and our parent partners – the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) and the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) – are working tirelessly to create resources that promote the protective factors to keep families strong during this crisis.

Conversations for a Better Normal – in English and Spanish

The ANPPC has a new tool that will help you facilitate conversations about how the protective factors can help us navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The tool, which is available in English and Spanish, will help you have virtual conversations with parent groups, colleagues, community members and others.

Caring Conversations

The BPNN is hosting weekly Caring Conversations to support us all and to facilitate our collective wisdom. Through these virtual meetings, we can come together and share our experiences, successes and concerns. Register HERE to participate in an upcoming Caring Conversation.

What Gets Your Wheels Spinning?

This fun one-page resource celebrates the voice of parents and how families are going positive places in their lives by building protective factors through everyday actions. The flip side offers suggestions for ways you can begin down this path by taking action today.

CONVERSATIONS for a BETTER NORMAL: How the Protective Factors Can Help Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

The Alliance introduces a new tool to help you facilitate conversations – in English or Spanish – about how the protective factors we have built can help us navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The tool is structured around the five protective factors, with questions focusing on each of the everyday actions. It is designed to help you create virtual conversations with parent groups, colleagues, community members and others. The questions were created by the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) with input from other Alliance parent leaders and staff.

This suite of tools consists of:

  • Facilitator guide with instructions, questions and tips for the virtual conversation; the guide is set up as a fillable PDF form for easy use or can be downloaded if you prefer taking handwritten notes – ENGLISH or SPANISH
  • Participant worksheets for each protective factor; these are optional handouts and available as fillable PDF forms – ENGLISH or SPANISH
  • A link to a Google form where you can share the wisdom and stories gathered during your conversation.
  • PowerPoint with images that you can use or customize for your virtual conversation – ENGLISH or SPANISH

PARTNERSHIP ACADEMY

Join the Virtual Conversation

Learn more about how to use the new tool from the ANPPC – Conversations for a Better Normal – at the May 26 Partnership Academy. During the one-hour webinar, you will find out how to customize the tool for different audiences, and also be able to experience using the tool in small group discussions on the Zoom platform. Don’t miss this learning opportunity.

10 AM PT / 11 AM MT / Noon CT / 1 PM ET

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

REGISTER HERE for the Tuesday, May 26 Partnership Academy.

Parents Share Wisdom During Conversations

Because of the Conversations for a Better Normal tool, parent voices are being heard. Parent examples and stories have been gathered as participants shared their stories through a short and simple Google form. Click HERE to download some of the wisdom collected, and be inspired to hold your own conversations. It’s important to report back with the Google form to help influence policy policymakers and organizations who determine how best to use funding to support children and families.

Alliance Resources for Virtual Conversations

Children’s Trust Fund Alliance has many existing tools on our website that are adaptable to a virtual meeting environment. This index lists those resources with links to the website page or section where you can access them and a description for how each could work in a virtual conversation. The introduction also contains some tips conducting virtual meetings. Click HERE to access the PDF index with clickable links to these resources.

List of Recommended COVID-19 Resources

The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance collected these resources to share with colleagues and parents to help families stay strong during the Coronavirus pandemic. This list was shared with the Alliance’s Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) during a recent virtual Caring Conversation. Click HERE to access a PDF with clickable links to resources that may help with stress and more.

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN: Resiliency Takes Time

As we navigate the COVID-19 crisis, the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) is continuing to create and share images and messages that will help us find our true north during this time. Hopefully, these messages will help focus our energies where we believe they should truly be right now — not just as a reaction to the crisis that surrounds us. Resiliency isn’t built in single moments but in multiple ways and experiences. There is much unknown ahead of us, and we need to build tools that can help us move forward.

Download the Images

When you click to download the images, you will download a JPEG of the image. Web links are not live in a JPEG, so be sure to include the tiny URL link provided with the image when sharing on social media. There is a suggested message for you to copy and use when posting the image on social media. This text provides links directly to the referenced resources and includes the hashtag #ctfresilienttogether

Victoria Hilt, a member of the ANPPC, created from her home a step-by-step video of how to download an image and post it to the various social media platforms. To view this 6-minute video, click on the button below.

NEW LOCATION

Protective Factors Social Media Campaign

The social media campaign promoting the Strengthening Families Protective Factors has been moved to the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) page. You’ll find the 20 images in the ANPPC’s resource section HERE. Created to help parents navigate the Coronavirus crisis, the ANPPC’s 5-week campaign focuses on a different protective factor each week with links to various resources. Feel free to use the entire campaign, focus on one specific protective factor or use isolated images that meet your needs.

Find the Protective Factors Social Media Campaign HERE.

Images to Share

We will be posting a couple of images a week with links to resources. Feel free to use those that meet your needs.

Discover the power of deep breathing.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Check out this video that teaches about the power of deep breathing. https://tinyurl.com/sk8eky3

# ctfresilienttogether

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Be active. Be kind. Have Fun.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Check out this calendar that lets you get active while doing acts of kindness.  Moving around and doing small things can make a big difference in your day. https://tinyurl.com/ycxo8cmz

#ctfresilienttogether

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Explore new family games.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Check out the Kid Splaining YouTube channel where Jarred and Peyton explain how to play some new board games. Games are a great way to pass the time and they help develop fine motor and problem-solving skills. kid-splaining.com

# ctfresilienttogether

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Learn together.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Use this time as a chance to learn with your child. The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration’s (CILC) website which offers free, live-streaming programs each day for students in grades K–6th. Visit the CILC’s Community for Learning website, and learn together. https://tinyurl.com/yczt22q7

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Spread kindness and positivity.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Many communities are trying to find ways to spread positivity. Some are painting kindness rocks and placing them all sorts of places to brighten people’s day. Watch this how-to paint kindness rocks video at https://tinyurl.com/y7ftlhfo and spread kindness and more.

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Help your children build resilience.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Resilience can be built in many ways and we have a great opportunity to help our children with that now. Take a moment as a family for Yoga or exercise, and then check out https://tinyurl.com/ycjnwupj for more strategies that build resilience in children.

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It's time for a dance party.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Our emotions have been tested during this time. Science has shown music affects our moods, and having a dance party with your kids will reset everyone’s day. Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/y8qmyqol and start dancing.

#ctfresilienttogether

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Go on a scavenger hunt.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. We all have been trying to find new things to do with our children. Check out these different scavenger hunts you can do with your kids at home or outside on a walk. https://tinyurl.com/ydfckwkg

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Partnership Academy Webinar Series

This series of webinars is created and sponsored by the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC). We believe that there are some hallmarks of great partnerships  – and we seek to find and build those hallmarks in partnerships between parent leaders and organizational leaders. The ANPPC continues to develop tools, technical assistance and other opportunities to encourage and build exemplary partnerships that demonstrate qualities such as common values, trust, mutual respect, defined expectations, synergy and great two-way communication. We hope that you will join us. If you missed any of these opportunities, we will always share materials from and recordings of past webinars.

Past Webinars:

October 8, 2019 – Tools and Tips To Get Your Wheels Spinning — Exploring the four stages of partnership

February 11, 2020 — Bringing Your Best To the Partnership — Exploring a new tool for digging into the four stages of partnership

  • Click Here to Download the Recording of the Webinar
  • Click Here to Download Materials from the Webinar